Welsh Can Lord It Over His Rivals Again

  • Welsh Can Lord It Over His Rivals Again
  • Welsh Can Lord It Over His Rivals Again
  • Welsh Can Lord It Over His Rivals Again
  • Welsh Can Lord It Over His Rivals Again
  • Welsh Can Lord It Over His Rivals Again

MEYDAN PLAYS host to the first of its Saturday domestic fixtures this weekend with the first race due off at 17:30. Two 2000m handicaps for horses rated up to 89 highlight the card, one each on turf and dirt and the grass contest can go the way of Irish Freedom who was a narrow winner at Abu Dhabi on his reappearance and has shaped as though still in form in two starts since. Particularly last time when he didn’t get much luck in running and this longer straight can help him make amends. The dirt contest also has plenty of chances and maybe a good opportunity for Welsh Lord to bag his second win of the season. He could well have done that last time but rather hung his chance away, giving his jockey, Antonio Fresu, little assistance for much of the straight before running on when it was all too late. He impressed the time before and if his mind can be channeled, he remains well handicapped. As does Miller’s House who found Sharjah a bit too much last time, not helped by a wide draw, and that extra experience can stand him in good stead going forward with Big Kitten another to consider as he was only just denied by Firnas on his reappearance and that form has been boosted since. Sticking with the dirt, this time over the mile and California Jumbo looks worth another chance having not seemed to like Jebel Ali last week, his third relatively disappointing run from three at the track. Prior to that he was an excellent fourth to Lavaspin when noted doing good late work over 1200m and this trip is certainly within his compass. Royal Sands shouldn’t be given up on either as he really caught the eye on his return and his next run presumably came too soon just two weeks later. On to the turf over the same trip and Antonio Vivaldi is another from the Musabbeh Al Mheiri yard who can bounce back from a lesser effort. He was impressive enough when getting off the mark in a dirt maiden on his penultimate start before offering little in handicap company last time. It may just have been the case that he got away with the surface when scoring in November as his previous two runs had seen him placed on turf. Being by Zebedee it would be no surprise if this ultimately was his surface and he is worth another chance. Sadeedd also looks an interesting contender having got off the mark on dirt last time and if he can translate that form to here then he should have a chance. The card kicks off with a pair of maidens and Hamama is worth a second look on her debut for the Satish Seemar yard. She was placed on three occasion last season for Ahmad bin Harmash, including in the Dubai Trophy when only a neck behind Platinum Star. In fact, probably all of her best runs came on the turf and that she could show as much ability as she did despite her yard struggling can only be a positive for her chances this season. The other maiden is over 1950m on dirt and Pharoah King looks interesting starting out for Doug Watson. As his name would suggest, he is by American Pharoah and showed plenty of ability when in the care of John Gosden in the UK, purchased for 45,000 gns in August having cost initial connections $800,000. He is a half-brother to Giovanni Boldini and Bila Shak so the surface should be fine and this looks a good starting place for his UAE career.


Race 1: Hamama (Nap)
Race 2: Pharoah King
Race 3: Welsh Lord (NB)
Race 4: Antonio Vivaldi
Race 5: Irish Freedom
Race 6: California Jumbo

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